Miami Horror share new conceptual project The Shapes + kick off Australian tour
After a two year hiatus spent writing, experimenting and exploring, Melbourne's Miami Horror return with their new conceptual project The Shapes.
The Shapes comes to life as a sonic / art experience and sees the band delve deep into rhythm and percussion with influences ranging from the art pop and lyrical wit of Talking Heads to Caribbean funk and African beats. The first taste from The Shapes, "Leila" premiered on triple j's Good Nights and Stereogum to great effect. Embodying the glitzy, glamorous sunshine of LA, draped in 80s synth melodies and topped with those iconic Miami Horror vocals, it's a fitting first single.
Visually, the themes compliment the rhythmic and percussive sounds of the project. Focusing on the use of bold shapes, hand drawn lines and colour. "I've always been a fan of colourful art and murals, especially those from the late 80s and early 90s. As a child, they excited and inspired me every time I passed them. This left a lasting effect on me into adulthood, a lust for colour and the extraordinary amongst the mundane colours of suburbia or the grey-ness of Melbourne city," says Ben Plant.
Since the release of their debut album Illumination in 2010, Miami Horror has toured extensively across the globe showcasing their diverse mix of influences, whilst living between LA and their hometown of Melbourne. Along with other Australian acts including Cut Copy and Total Giovanni, Miami Horror have helped in the rebirth of disco creating their own brand of Aussie electronica that is recognised internationally and have become absolute staples on dance-floors worldwide.
Having recently announced their two huge block parties at La Di Da in Melbourne's CBD and Portugal Madeira Car Park in Sydney, as well as shows in Brisbane and Adelaide, fans can get ready to witness the music in an extension of the band's ideas and experiences. The parties will be an amalgamation of music and art, featuring artists like bass-playing wizard Touch Sensitive, music royalty Late Nite Tuff Guy, elusive producer Running Touch, the highly anticipated return of Gameboy/Gamegirl, Future Classic live trio World Champion and genre melding trio Broadway Sounds.
The Shapes is like nothing the band have produced before. Their imaginative vision brings colour back to daily life with a mould-breaking collection of art. Be sure to catch them at one of their epic block parties or headline shows and boogie down with Melbourne's most colourful four-piece.
THE SHAPES OUT TODAY
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